There is much that the horticultural world can contribute to native plant conservation, and it is good that PlantNetwork has taken up the challenge using the GSPC as its guide. Treborth Botanic Garden is now poised to do its bit and in so doing may well find itself at the forefront of plant conservation action in Wales. Armed with that thought I left Glasnevin with renewed determination and many thanks to Matthew Jebb and Peter Wyse Jackson as well as their wonderful team at the National Botanic Garden, who had made us so welcome, and created such an amiable and constructive atmosphere in which to discuss one of the most important tasks of our time – halting the current and continuing loss of plant diversity – GSPC in a nutshell.
Nigel Brown (Curator)
PRACTICAL PLANT CONSERVATION CONFERENCE, GLASNEVIN
A STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE
The PlantNetwork conference, held at Glasnevin, Dublin gave me an insight into the work being carried out in relation to in-situ and ex-situ conservation. It also provided me with the opportunity to look around Glasnevin, Malahide and Trinity Botanical Gardens. Glasnevin is an impressive garden, with recently renovated and rebuilt glasshouses, and is fortunate to have over 50 personnel just working on the gardens!
I was fortunate to meet a variety of people working at Botanical gardens and within plant conservation from around the UK. It is useful to hear of their experiences in research and management of botanical gardens, and to discover some of the common difficulties they have encountered. I am looking forward to gaining further experience within botanical gardens, and feel inspired by the people I met there.
I found the presentation by Declan Doogue interesting and amusing. He outlined plant conservation in Ireland, and then guided us around Bull Island, giving us a full history of the island and the flora in abundance.
I particularly enjoyed meeting Mary Gibby and David Rae of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, as we discussed the current research being carried out by Martin Gardner at Edinburgh into Conifer conservation in New Caledonia and